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The Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Choir (in which I sing tenor and +Sarah Macway sings soprano) has its Spring Concert this Sunday, and you're invited!

The concert will open with Mozart's Requiem. Every time we've practiced this piece, I've been in awe of just how good the music is. The Requiem is full of power, agony, pleading, and hope. It's been stuck in my head basically continually since the first rehearsal. I think it's going to be one of the best concerts in years. We've had quite a few people join just for this concert: there will be about 60 people in the choir and about 25 people in the orchestra.

If you have time, I recommend watching the movie Amadeus before the concert for an entertaining (though not super accurate) portrayal of the time leading up to the Requiem's composition.

Up next is "Spirit Suite" by Mark Hayes. This is great arrangement of several spirituals. I'm particularly looking forward to the super dramatic closer, "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," and will do my very best not to break out the jazz hands at the end. :-)

To end the concert, we'll be singing an arrangement of "Let There Be Peace on Earth." 2015 Marks the 60th Anniversary of this composition, and this peace has been sung as the Benediction at Sunnyvale Presbyterian for decades, so what better way to end the program!

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, 3/22, 7:00 p.m.
Where: SVPC sanctuary

No tickets or anything, just a free will offering.

http://svpc.us/sermons/choir_concert.php
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The Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Choir (in which I sing tenor) has its Christmas Concert this Sunday, and you're invited! Also, you won't want to miss +Sarah Macway making her choir concert debut in the soprano section!

The concert will open with "Magnificat" by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (J.S. Bach's son). It's C.P.E.'s 300th birthday this year, so what better way to celebrate! The choir will be joined by four soloists and a full orchestra. Watch out for the exuberant, make-you-want-to-dance first movement (Magnificat), super dramatic harmonies in the fourth movement (Et misericordia), and the most complicated "Amen" you've probably ever heard for the piece's finale!

Up next is "A Feast of Carols" by Randol Alan Bass. This is a really fun arrangement of several familiar carols. My favorite part is the opening section with "Wassail! Wassail!" (who would have thought we'd be singing about drinking ale in choir!).

And it wouldn't be a Christmas choir concert without an audience sing-along to some more carols (arranged by David Willcocks).

Final bonus: Listen for our pipe organ's newly-installed glockenstern ("bell-star") during the offertory!

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, 12/7, 7:00 p.m.
Where: SVPC sanctuary

No tickets or anything, just a free will offering.

http://svpc.us/sermons/choir_concert.php
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This album is really something! Brahms piano concertos 1 and 2 arranged for 4 people, 2 on one piano, and 2 on one organ!
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And here's the second piece I played at my recital. Thanks again to +Sarah Macway for help with the video!

Mendelssohn: Andante Religioso, from Sonata IV, Op. 65
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Nice! I forgot to ask you this time (and we were kind of on a tight deadline because I wanted to get these recorded before we went on vacation), but I'll be sure to let you know when I've got another piece ready to record. Maybe I'll get that Elgar piece I've been working on up to recording quality!
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Really loving this album today. The Chorale No. 1 in E in particular. So dramatic on this recording by Olivier Latry!
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Here's a short story film I made with +Sarah Macway (watercolor illustrations and video) and +Craig Hawthorne (story and narration)! I had a lot of fun playing around with my Alesis Ion synthesizer for the soundtrack.

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Nice! Thanks for sharing.
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+Craig Hawthorne, you should make one of these!
 
Have you seen that table that expands to a larger circle in a beautiful bit of choreographed self-stored leaves moving?  I've been wondering how these tables are made ever since I saw the first video; if you're as curious as I was you're in for a treat:
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This is a really fantastic recording of Widor's 5th and 6th symphonies. I'm not very familiar with Joseph Nolan's recordings, but based on this, I'll definitely be listening to more. Really wonderful instrument too.
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The Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Choir (in which I sing tenor) has its Spring Concert this Sunday, and you're invited!

The concert will open with the Requiem by Duruflé, which will be accompanied by organ and orchestra (including harp!). This is my favorite piece of the concert. The music is just so sublime: evoking everything from a serene angelic chorus to deliverance from hell itself! The organ accompaniment is also more prominent and virtuosic than many other pieces we've performed, which makes sense because Duruflé was an organist at both Notre-Dame (assistant) and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris (titular).

Up next is a definite change of pace with "Feel the Spirit," a set of spirituals arranged by John Rutter. Staring with a jazzy arrangement of "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" and going on to an audience sing-along as the grand finale of the evening!

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, 3/23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: SVPC sanctuary

No tickets or anything, just a free will offering.

http://svpc.us/sermons/choir_concert.php
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Here's one of the pieces I'll play in my next organ recital tomorrow.

Thanks to +Sarah Macway for the camera work!

Bach: Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BWV 554
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Whoa... nice work!
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